On opening day, Teddy Roosevelt breaks presidents race losing streak with help from an unlikely ally

Nationals Presidents Race Opening Day Abe Cheats Teddy WinsNationals Presidents Race Opening Day Abe Cheats Teddy WinsNationals Teddy Roosevelt Masters Green JacketOn a frigid opening day at Nationals Park, the Washington Nationals reversed course from last year and decided to let Teddy win, as racing president Theodore Roosevelt kicked off the season by snapping his multi-year, 86-game losing streak.

The MLB’s new pace-of-play initiatives leave little wiggle room for presidents race shenanigans, but the Nationals managed to squeeze in their fair share while Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom warmed up for the bottom of the fourth inning.

Abe Lincoln parked himself on the sidelines under section 134 as Teddy, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson began the race. Teddy fell behind the pack entering the home stretch, but that’s when the Great Emancipator, who so often has been TR’s nemesis, jumped out and clocked both George and Tom, clearing the way for a Roosevelt victory.

After he crossed the finish line to the cheers of the sellout crowd, a Secret Service Agent handed Teddy a putter. The Bull Moose than tapped in a putt on a makeshift hole and was handed a green jacket to commemorate today’s opening round of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

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Data visualization guru maps Nationals presidents race results, and it’s a beautiful thing

Every year at about this time, as I prepare to archive another year’s racing president standings, I ask myself whether it’s worth it to continue the blog. Then I meet somebody  — a loyal reader who’s a team employee or a descendant of Teddy Roosevelt. Or somebody like Mike Cisneros comes along.

Cisneros is a data visualization guru. He’s head of data visualization at Evince Analytics, and waxes poetic about the art on his personal blog. When Cisneros saw the conclusions drawn by Reddit user Constant Gardner11 yesterday, utilizing ten years of data compiled here at the Let Teddy Win blog, he decided a visualization was in order.

And while it’s a beautiful thing, a few mistakes were made. Roosevelt’s epic losing streak lasted seven seasons — not five (we did not publish race-by-race results for 2016-2017, but the standings are here). And Teddy’s historic first win was not in the playoffs, but on the final day of the 2012 regular season.

And so, feeling both inspired by the beautiful and creative use of our data, and also weirdly compelled to continue to set the record straight, I’ll see you on opening day.

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents Results Data visualization

Ten years of Washington Nationals Presidents Race Data as visualized by Mike Cisneros

Yankees fan runs the numbers, concludes Nats fans should root for George, opponents should root for Teddy

On Tuesday, Reddit user and Yankees fan Constant_Gardner11 posted a detailed analysis of presidents race results during the Nationals Park era, using data we’ve collected here at Let Teddy Win. His conclusion: Nats fans should root for George Washington. Nats’ opponents should root for Teddy.

The many comments from the Reddit community show that conspiracy theories about Teddy Roosevelt remain prominent in the public eye. Of course, rooting for Teddy may be a moot point, since the powers-that-be in the Nationals front office have clearly decided never to let Teddy win again. The Bull Moose went winless last year (which didn’t seem to change the team’s playoff luck), and has lost 86 straight entering the 2018 season.

His analysis:

 

In perfect game 5 metaphor, Nats racing presidents trade leads in lengthy, confusing obstacle course

The Washington Post’s Tom Boswell called the Nats’ final playoff game of 2017 an exhilarating, exhausting, donnybrook that “staggers even the baseball imagination.” The Nationals 9-8 deciding game 5 loss to the Chicago Cubs was a marathon filled with improbable and confusing twists and turns that were hard to process for many in attendance.

So in retrospect, the evening’s fourth inning presidents race seems perversely appropriate.

George Washington Nationals Racing President Playoffs NLDS Game 5George Washington Nationals Racing President Playoffs NLDS Game 5 obstacle courseThe race that seemed to go on forever began all the way on the third base side of the field. Abe Lincoln took an early lead, but struggled when the presidents encountered the first challenge on this obstacle course, a “dizzy bat spinning” contest.

Thomas Jefferson emerged with the lead as they approached the next obstacle, but the dinosaur in left field did little to get in the way.

Next, a shuttle run set up in right field proved a challenge for Tom and Teddy, but our first commander in chief George Washington sailed through it to take his first lead heading to the final obstacle.

If the crowd on hand wasn’t confused yet, the folding table in front of the finish line likely did the job; but George leaped over it to take the tape as the other presidents gave up and left the field for the final time in 2017.

George won all three races this postseason, with Teddy Roosevelt bringing up the rear each time. Roosevelt finished the season 0-for-84, and like the Nationals and their fans, will have to wait until 2018 for a chance at redemption.

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George Washington leaves Nationals presidents race, returns on a bicycle

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents Race George Washington cheats bicycleWashington Nationals Racing Presidents Race on bicyclesAfter stealing the Nationals’ first 2017 postseason presidents race on Friday, George Washington wasn’t taking any chances for Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday at Nationals Park.

Another extra-long race (thanks to the national broadcast) appeared to leave Washington winded as the racing presidents approached center field, but it turned out to be yet another ruse.

After letting the other presidents pass him, the father of our country ducked into the center field gate and emerged aboard a bicycle.

The founding father then sped past Abe, Teddy, and Tom to steal another postseason win.

Teddy Roosevelt, meanwhile, lost his 85th consecutive race.

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Teddy Roosevelt almost wins in the playoffs, but Nats grounds crew intervenes

The Washington Nationals hosted the first game of the National League Division Series vs. the Chicago Cubs Friday night at Nationals Park, and the nationally televised playoff game schedule helped the team toy with fans before once again preventing Teddy Roosevelt from winning his first presidents race of the season.

Washington Nationals NLDS presidents race Teddy Roosevelt 1Washington Nationals NLDS presidents race Teddy Roosevelt 3Washington Nationals NLDS presidents race Teddy Roosevelt 5The extra long commercial breaks allowed the racing presidents to start their fourth inning race from the third base side and run the entire length of the outfield, twice the length of the typical presidents race.

So the Nats unleashed Teddy Roosevelt, and the hero of San Juan Hill ran circles around his competition. Literally.

From the back of the pack, the Bull Moose caught up to and ran a circle around George Washington, then Thomas Jefferson, and finally around Abraham Lincoln before pulling away toward the finish line.

But as Teddy approached the home stretch, members of the Nationals grounds crew ran onto the field and tackled the 26th president, extending his losing streak to 84 games.

On the national broadcast, TBS color commentator Ron Darling had some curmudgeonly words for the grounds crew members.

“Those Nationals employees must be millennials and not know their history,” Darling said. “They would not have taken the real Teddy down, I’ll tell you that.”


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Racing president Teddy Roosevelt completes his seventh winless season

Teddy Roosevelt loss number 81There could not have been less drama in the 81st and final presidents race of the Washington Nationals’ 2017 regular season.

Wearing their Sunday best, Teddy Roosevelt faded fast while George Washington pulled away to secure second place behind Thomas Jefferson in the final season standings.

Sunday’s race capped the seventh completely winless regular season for the hero of San Juan hill.

While some are predicting a Roosevelt victory in the playoffs, others seem to be pleased that the team is putting the squeeze on the bull moose until they win a playoff series, and perhaps longer.

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